Toles Announces Retirement from State Assembly

Written by admin   // April 6, 2012   // 0 Comments

Representative Barbara Toles (D-Milwaukee) announced Tuesday that she will not seek reelection to represent the 17th Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

I want to thank my constituents for trusting me to be their voice in Madison for the past eight years. Being a legislator has been both challenging and rewarding, and it is a position that I have always taken seriously,” Toles said in a written statement.

A very conscientious legislator, Toles diligently served her constituents; upholding their trust with the highest regard. For her, good representation meant staying abreast of the issues that affect the daily lives of her constituents, voicing those issues and concerns in Madison, disseminating information, and being accessible.

Since first being elected in January 2004, it has been a privilege to serve the people of Milwaukee’s 17th Assembly District. I have been extremely humbled by their support and encouragement over the years,” she said.

Through her tenure in the State Legislature, Toles authored several pieces of legislation. Most notably, she tirelessly worked working for over two and a half years to change a law that allows Milwaukee Police Officers to be paid after termination if they appeal their termination.

Additionally, she served as a member on several committees, including Ways and Means, State Affairs, Jobs and the Economy, and Workforce Development.

She also was a member of several national legislative organizations and held office in three. She was a State Director of Women in Government and Women Legislator’s Lobby (WILL), and is the Correspondence Secretary for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL).

It is truly an honor to have been elected to represent our city in the State Assembly, and I look forward to the next chapter of my life, which will include public service in another capacity.”

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